What Is a Casino?


A casino is a gambling establishment where people can place bets on games of chance. These games include poker, blackjack, roulette, craps and slot machines. In addition to the games, casinos also offer food and beverage services. Casinos are found worldwide and are often combined with hotels, restaurants, shopping malls and other entertainment venues.

In the United States, the casino is a major source of revenue for many cities and states. According to the American Gaming Association, about 51 million people visited casinos domestically in 2002. This number does not include visits to Indian casinos, which are separate from American ones.

Casinos make money by charging players a commission, or rake, on their bets. This is usually less than two percent of the total amount wagered. A small percentage of these bets is inevitably lost, but the house edge ensures that the casino will ultimately profit from all of them. Casinos can also profit from a variety of other activities that are not strictly gambling, such as concerts and sports betting.

Casinos typically have a high level of customer service and offer perks designed to attract big spenders. These can include free rooms, meals and show tickets. Casinos also reward their best players with comps based on the amount of time they play and how much they bet. For example, some casinos will give players free hotel rooms and limo service when they wager large amounts. Other casinos will offer free drinks and cigars while players are gambling.